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All It Was Cracked Up to Be

July 23, 2012

Back from LibertyCon.  It was a great weekend.  Had a few firsts, made a few friends, and generally had fun.

Lets start with the egg-speriment in marketing.  I ended up putting tiny card stock coupons inside gold plastic Easter eggs.  The little paper had the cover pic; QR codes for Smashwords, Kindle, and my blog; web addresses for Kindle and Smashwords; and a coupon code.  The eggs seemed to be a hit.  77 of them were distributed, mostly from the freebie table where you usually find bookmarks, postcards, and black-on-florescent paper flyers.  I think the eggs were just more interesting looking and people grabbed more of them than they did bookmarks.

There a downside to the egg-speriment: so far, I’ve only sold one ebook out of an egg.  Yep, one.  I have a number of folks who have promised they will buy one, and they have a month before the coupon expires, so all is not lost.  We’ll see.

Sunday morning was my first opportunity to do a reading at a con.  I got the 10am time slot, a time hen many folks were bringing luggage to their cars.  I thought it would be the kiss of death.  It wasn’t.  I had an audience of at least a dozen (dare I hope it was a baker’s dozen?).  On top of that, all of them seemed to enjoy themselves.

I started by reading “Faerie Belches”, a middle-grades urban fantasy I originally sold back in 2008.  The crowd response was great.  I had forgotten what a sweet little tale it was, and it worked even better out loud.  The reading convinced me to send the story to PodCastle, an audio podcast market for fantasy.  I sent it today, so we’ll see…

The other story I read was “Call Me Z”, a previously unpublished zombie-culture story.  It was a story I always had faith in but never found a market for.  Again, the crowd seemed to like it.  So I was two for two.  (It helped that I bribed them with donuts — tiny, gas-station-bought donuts.)

Another first for me was being interviewed for a “YouTube show”, effectively a video podcast.  My new pal John Hartness hosts a show called Literate Liquors on which authors describe their works and recommend something to drink while reading them.  It was fun.  I’ll be sure to link to the episode when I find it.  (For what it’s worth, I got to watch guest of honor Brandon Sanderson record an episode even though he doesn’t drink.)

I made quite a few friends — too many to list in fear of missing one — and even better, I think I picked up a few new fans.  Now I need to go write more stuff for those fans to read.  A great weekend that has inspired me to get back to work.

Oh, and one more thing.  There was a general consensus at the con that $2.99 is to cheap for Baker’s Dozen.  So what do I do about it?  I’ll raise the price, but not yet.  No matter what happens, the $1 egg-coupon is good through August 22nd.  But if you’re planning to buy Baker’s Dozen, you might want to act soon!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2012 5:44 am

    Now you have sold two. I tried to buy from the blog, but my kindle app kicked in, and it’s just so easy to do one click. Happy 33c and I’m looking forwatd to reading Fairy Belches again.

    • Scott W. Baker permalink*
      July 27, 2012 10:01 pm

      Woohoo! Thanks a bunch, Charlotte. Enjoy Fairy Belches and the other 12 stories. I bet you’d like Glow Baby, too. Just a hunch, but it may be your kind of thing. You’ll have to let me know if I’m right. Oh, and Not Rats is a twist on he Pied Piper which should also be up your alley.

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